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Old 07-25-2010   #1
West point, Utah
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New boat?

I just purchased a 14' raft for fishing and camping with my family i purchased the NRS bighorn Frame with and a stern seat atatchment. My Questions are seat position and oar Position is it best to have the Oars right in the center of the boat or back of center. Also on the Frame the Bighorn Frame rest on part of the boar were it starts to pitch up. i moved the Cross section back 2 inches on each end to get a better fit is this ok to have set up this way? probably some lame questions but for a newbie Ive got to ask. I plan on Camping and fishing on the south fork of the snake this weekend so any help would be nice.

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Old 07-25-2010   #2
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Oar stands at the center of the raft make it easier to turn. Most prefer it this way. Plus it gives you room for your gear behind you and passengers in front of you.

If the frame hits outside of the flat section of the raft, just cut it down. I bought a Big Horn II frame when I got my raft and it was too long too. I cut 11 off the length and then used the cutoffs to make a couple of umbrella holders. It is what you get if you do not buy a custom frame, some adjustment may be necessary.
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Old 07-25-2010   #3
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I second the center position for rowing. Makes it easier to adjust weight with gear and passengers too. Throw more in back if the front is heavy, throw some up front if you're doing wheelies down the river, etc.
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Old 07-25-2010   #4
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I'd shoot for a center oar tower position and I would rather be in front of center than behind center if I had to move things a bit. And like Snowhere says, cut it down if it is longer than the flat sections on the side.
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